Southwest Stakes

  • Location: Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs, AR
  • Inaugural Race: 1968
  • Current Distance: 1 1/16 miles
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • Status: Grade 3
  • 2018 Purse: $500,000
  • 2018 Race Date: Saturday, February 19th

2018 Southwest Stakes Entries and Results

POSTHORSEJOCKEYTRAINERWINPLACESHOW
1My Boy JackKent J. DesormeauxJ. Keith Desormeaux$19.60$8.20$5.20
10CombatantRicardo Santana, Jr.Steven M. Asmussen$6.00$4.00
2Sporting ChanceLuis SaezD. Wayne Lukas$5.00
4MourinhoDrayden Van DykeBob Baffert
8Zing ZangCorey J. LanerieSteven M. Asmussen
9Kentucky ClubRamon A. VazquezD. Wayne Lukas
7Retirement FundShaun BridgmohanSteven M. Asmussen
6Seven TrumpetsRobby AlbaradoDale L. Romans
5Road to DamascusJohn R. VelazquezTodd A. Pletcher
11EzmoshGary L. StevensBrad H. Cox

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $2 Exacta (1-10) $50.90
  • $2 Trifecta (1-10-2) $159.35

 


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History of the Southwest Stakes

Launched in 1968, the Southwest Stakes has become a key part of the Oaklawn Park series of preps for the Kentucky Derby. The second of the four Oaklawn preps, it’s also part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, for which the first four home get points on a 10-4-2-1 basis. It was promoted to grade three status in 2008.

The best horse to win the race is probably Smarty Jones, who won the Southwest Stakes by three-quarters of a length in 2004. He went on to win the remaining Oaklawn Derby preps, the Rebel Stakes and the Arkansas Derby, before winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Two years later, Lawyer Ron completed the same treble that Smarty Jones did; he went on to win races such as the Whitney Handicap and Woodward Stakes. Belmont Stakes runner-up Denis of Cork won the race in 2008, while in 2012 one of the two divisions held that year was won by Secret Circle, later to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.


Southwest Stakes trivia

How many winners of the Southwest Stakes have also won the Kentucky Derby?

One

Smarty Jones won the Southwest Stakes on his way to winning the Kentucky Derby in 2004.

At how many distances has the Southwest been run?

Three

The Southwest was first run at six furlongs, then extended to a mile, and has been at its current distance of 1 1/16 miles since 2013.

How many horses have won both the Southwest Stakes and the Arkansas Derby?

Six

Archarcharch, Smarty Jones, Private Emblem, Proper Reality, Demons Begone, and Bold Ego have all won the Southwest before winning the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby.

Which trainer holds the record for most wins in the Southwest?

Robert Holthus

Holthus has won the race five times, in 1988, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2006.

Previous Winners of the Southwest Stakes

YearHorseJockeyTrainerOwner
2017One LinerT. PletcherJ. VelazquezChina Horse Club International Ltd.
2016SuddenbreakingnewsLuis S. QuinonezDonnie K. Von HemelSamuel F. Henderson
2015Far RightMike E. SmithRon MoquettLaPenta/Rosenblum
2014TapitureRicardo SantanaSteve AsmussenWinchell Thoroughbreds
2013Super Ninety NineRafael BejaranoBob BaffertTanma Corporation
2012 #Secret CircleRafael BejaranoBob BaffertWillmott Stables
2012 #CastawayRafael BejaranoBob BaffertMichael Tabor & Mrs.J.Magnier
2011ArcharcharchJon CourtJinks FiresRobert Yagos
2010ConveyanceMartin GarciaBob BaffertZabeel Racing International
2009Old FashionedRamon DominguezJ. Larry JonesFox Hill Farms
2008Denis of CorkRobby AlbaradoDavid M. CarrollMr. & Mrs. William Warren
2007TeuflesbergStewart ElliotJamie SandersGary S. Logsdon et al.
2006Lawyer RonJohn McKeeRobert E. HolthusEst. James T. Hines, Jr.
2005Greater GoodJohn McKeeRobert E. HolthusLewis Lakin
2004Smarty JonesStewart ElliotJohn ServisRoy & Patricia Chapman
2003Great NotionTerry ThompsonDarrin MillerSilverton Hills Farm
2002 #Private EmblemDonnie MecheSteve AsmussenJ. Cassels / R. Zollars
2002 #Paloma ParillaJames LopezLarry Robideaux, Jr.Barnett Stables
2001Son of RocketTerry ThompsonRobert E. HolthusFrank Fletcher Racing
2000Afternoon AffairJoe JudiceRobert E. HolthusSwifty Farms
1999Jim'SmrteeTravis HightowerJohn MillironJames Hutzel
1998Hot WellsCalvin BorelThomas AmossSo What's Nu Stable
1997Smoke GlackenCraig PerretHenry L. CarrollKarkenny, Levy & Roberts
1996IdeCraig PerretPete VestalWillmott Stables
1995Mystery StormCarlos GonzalezLarry Robideaux, Jr.David Beard
1994Southern RhythmGarrett GomezJames KeeferHeiligbrodt, Keefer & New
1993FoxtrailWillie MartinezLarry Robideaux, Jr.Linda Bennett
1992Big SurDavid GuilloryD. Wayne LukasOverbrook Farm & Lukas
1991FenterDon HowardThomas BohannanLoblolly Stable
1990TarasconLarry SnyderJack Van BergJohn A. Franks
1989TermezDean KutzJ. Bert SonnierKnelman & Hayden
1988Proper RealityJerry D. BaileyRobert E. HolthusJames A. Winn
1987Demons BegonePat DayPhilip M. HauswaldLoblolly Stable
1986Rare BrickMike E. SmithTony FoytA. J. Foyt
1985Clever AllemontPat DayLynn S. WhitingW. Cal Partee
1984WhitebrushGarth PattersonC. R. McGaughey IIILoblolly Stable
1983Say I'm SmartLarry SnyderDavid R. VanceFlying Zee Stable
1982El BabaDonald BrumfieldDewey SmithMrs. J. W. Brown
1981Bold EgoJohn LivelyDennis WerreDouble B Ranch
1980Be A Prospect
1979Clever Trick
1978Bold L. B.
1977J. J. Battle
1976Our Future King
1975Promised City
1974J. R.'s Pet
1973Game Lad
1972Parlez Encore (Div 1)
1972 Billy Rogell (Div 2)
1971Barbizon Streak
1970Love That Dollar
1969Ruler In Gold
1968 Mr. Cozy